WWE has announced the reason for Daniel Bryan’s appearance on tonight’s Raw.
Universal Champion Seth Rollins vs. Bryan in a non-title match is set for the episode. It’s the go-home show for Stomping Grounds, and Rollins is set to defend his title against Baron Corbin at Sunday’s pay-per-view.
WWE announced last Friday that Bryan would be making an appearance on tonight’s Raw as part of the Wild Card rule. The reason for it wasn’t stated then, with WWE noting that the appearance was “not by choice.”
There will be a special guest referee for Rollins’ match against Corbin at Stomping Grounds. Corbin gets to pick the referee in storyline, but WWE has yet to reveal who it will be.
WWE.com teased that Corbin could play a part in Rollins’ match against Bryan: “How will Rollins fare against The Planet’s Champion, who comes to the red brand as one of SmackDown LIVE’s Wild Cards? And how might Corbin, who will no doubt be watching the action closely, be a factor in this match?”
Bryan & Rowan are the SmackDown Tag Team Champions. They don’t have a match for Stomping Grounds announced as of now.
Tonight’s Raw is taking place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Braun Strowman, The Miz, Ricochet, Cesaro, and Bobby Lashley will face off in a fatal five-way match tonight. The winner will challenge for Samoa Joe’s United States Championship at Stomping Grounds.